Toni Morrison's visionary explorations of freedom and identity, self and community, against the backdrop of African American history have established her as one of the foremost novelists of her time; an artist whose seriousness of purpose and imaginative power have earned her both widespread critical acclaim and great popular success.
This guide to Morrison's work offers:
an accessible introduction to Morrison's life and historical contexts
a guide to her key works and the themes and concerns that run through them
an overview of critical texts and perspectives on each of Morrison's works
cross-references between sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism
a chronology of Morrison's life and works.
Part of the Routledge Guides to Literature series, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study of Toni Morrison and seeking a guide to her work and a way into the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds it.
Pelagia Goulimari is Chair of Women's Studies at the Faculty of English, University of Oxford.
Introduction Part I. Life and Contexts Part II. Works The Bluest Eye (1970) Sula (1973) Song of Solomon (1977) Tar Baby (1981) Beloved (1987) Jazz (1992) Paradise (1998) Love (2003) A Mercy (2008) Selected Nonfiction Part III. Criticism The Bluest Eye (1970) Sula (1973) Song of Solomon (1977) Tar Baby (1981) Beloved (1987) Jazz (1992) Paradise (1998) Love (2003) A Mercy (2008) Selected Non-fiction Chronology